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Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 7:1-6

The Danger of Compromise

(Part 2)

Intro.

1. Review Part 1:

2.  Compromise: ďa settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc. by reciprocal modification of demandsĒ (dictionary.com).

  a.  Positively: Some circumstances it is proper, 1 Cor. 6:7; 8:13; 9:19-23.

  b.  Negatively: It is capitulation, "referring to a 'surrender' of objectives, principles, or materialĒ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compromise).

3.  King Solomon and his wives: Great sin of compromise, 1 Kgs. 11:1-8.

  a.  Godís blessings and conditions to maintain His favor, 1 Kgs. 3:5-9, 10-14.

  b.  Conditional blessings: Be distinct, pure, etc., 1 Kgs. 9:3-9.

  c.  Solomonís compromise caused God to be angry and led to the division of the kingdom, 1 Kgs. 11:9-10.

4.  We are warned against moral and doctrinal compromise, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Gal. 1:6-10; Eph. 5:8-11; 2 Jno. 9-11.

 

I.  COMPROMISE IN KING SOLOMONíS LIFE:

  A.  Unlawful Marriages, 1 Kgs. 11:1-3 (Deut. 7:3-4).

    1.  Sinful marriages and their evil influence, Neh. 13:26-27.

      a.  Today, marriage to unbeliever is not sin (1 Cor. 7:12-14).

      b.  But, additional challenges and temptations exist, 1 Pet. 3:1-2.

    2.  Multiplied wives, Deut. 17:17. (cf. 1 Kgs. 3:1)

    3.  Applications:

      a.  Know the value of a godly partner (1 Pet. 3:2; 1 Cor. 7:15).

      b.  Donít compromise Christís marriage law (Matt. 19:4-6, 9).

          -(Today, a ďforeignĒ woman would be one not free to marry/remarry, cf. Mk. 6:17-18; Matt. 5:32).

  B.  False Worship, 1 Kgs. 11:5-8.

    1.  Can take the form of direct participation, 11:5, 7; 1 Cor. 10:21.

    2.  Can take the form of encouraging it in others, 11:8.

    3.  Can take the form of changing the action of worship while trying to keep the same God (1 Kgs. 12:28-33).

    4.  Applications:

      a.  We must not worship other gods. (Col. 3:5; cf. Exo. 20:3)

      b.  By suggesting or leaving the impression by our silence that any kind of worship pleases God (Jno. 4:24).

      c.  By supporting those who practice false worship (2 Jno. 9-10).

      d.  By refusing to mark and turn away from those who practice false worship (ecumenism; unity in diversity), Rom. 16:17.

  C.  Compromise Causes:

    1.  Godís wrath to be stirred up, 1 Kgs. 11:9; cf. Rev. 2:14-15.

    2.  The loss of Godís blessings, 1 Kgs. 11:11 (cf. 9:5).

    3.  Still more compromise, 1 Kgs. 12:28-33; Gal. 5:9 (2 Tim. 3:13).

 

Conclusion

1.  Compromise may be fine in politics and in solving disputes between two enemies; fine in resolving differences of judgment among brethren (cf. Acts 15:36-40).

2.  But, it is deadly to our souls when it comes to honoring and obeying the God of heaven and earth, 2 Cor. 6:17.

3.  Contend earnestly for the faith and endure hardship as good soldiers of the cross, Jude 3; 2 Tim. 2:3-4.